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Philosophy & Art: What is Art? with Komarine Romdenh-Romluc from The University of Sheffield

23rd May 2017 @ 13:45 - 14:30


What is art?

From Salvador Dalí’s surreal landscapes to Caravaggio’s hyper-real paintings of mythical figures. From Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits to ritual masks from Sub-Saharan Africa. From American quilts to Inuit sculpture. We generally know art when we see it, but can we say what all artworks have in common that makes them all works of art?

Different people give different answers to this question. Some claim it’s essential for art to express emotion. Others say things only count as art because gallery owners, artists, and critics say so. Some theorists argue that the ability to make art evolved to help us survive, so that ‘art-behaviours’ are part of what make us distinctively human.

In this talk, Komarine Romdenh-Romluc considers some of these views.

This session forms part of The University of Sheffield’s Philosophy week. Please see the following link for further details: Philosophy Week 2017 with The University of Sheffield

Suitable for: This lecture would be appropriate for Year 12 students studying Philosophy, Religious Studies and/or Art. It is also suitable for students who think they may be interested in studying Philosophy at university.

Lecturer Biography (Please click): Komarine Romdenh-Romluc

Preparation or Pre-Reading: We recommend that students consider some questions in advance relevant to the subject matter.

The IT Setup: The setup is similar to Skype, using a pc and webcam, although students take part as a group with the image projected on a whiteboard rather than as individuals in front of lots of pcs. Dedicated videoconferencing equipment is also compatible if available to the school. We will work with your IT department to ensure everything is set up and working prior to the event. The sessions are generally limited to 3 or 4 schools to maintain the interactive nature of the experience.

Booking a Place: If you have a group of students that you would like to take part in this event, please contact us via email or via the contact form at the top right of this webpage. Subject to availability we will book a

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23rd May 2017
13:45 - 14:30
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